As you may have noticed over in the left sidebar, our friends at Grey Flannel Auctions are running their annual NBA Hall of Fame catalog auction. As usual, a bunch of their offerings have caught my eye. Here are the highlights:
• Oh baby, it just doesn’t get any better than this spectacular Minnesota Pipers warm-up top. Magnificent!
• The Harlem Magicians were a Globetrotters-esque team founded by Marques Haynes. Check out their uniforms! And dig the uni number, too.
• I love how the ABA’s Utah Stars used a star-shaped motif for the NOBs on their shooting shirts.
• How great would it be if the Knicks went back to this warm-up design? A little surprising there are no stripes on the sleeve cuffs, though.
• We’re used to seeing Pete Maravich wearing a nickNOB. But at one point — okay, it was for a promotional campaign, but still — he went FNOB.
• Never seen such a big shawl collar like the one on this St. Louis Hawks warm-up. Be sure to click the thumbnail for the front view — bizarre, no?
• If you click through the thumbnails on this Cincinnati Royals jersey, you’ll see that the memorial shoulder band (which was for team owner Thomas Wood) came to a point. I’m not sure why I like that so much, but I do indeed like it!
Want to see more? You can browse through the entire auction catalog here.
OMFG update, sort of: As you may recall, The New Republic pulled the plug on my “One-Man Focus Group” column earlier this summer. But now I’ve written a very OMFG-ish piece, about the little “How to swipe your credit card” illustrations on payment consoles, for Fast Company magazine’s Co.Design blog. I think Uni Watch readers will really like this one — check it out here.
I hope to keep writing for Co.Design on a semi-regular basis. Fun!
ESPN reminder: In case you missed it yesterday (or just didn’t have time to get through all of it), here’s my massive college football season-preview column. Enjoy!
It’s been a while, but there’s finally a new Catch of the Day. And there will be plenty more in the days to come.
You asked, I
didn’t give a shit listened: When I asked about possible format changes to the Ticker on Monday, many of you suggested that it be broken up by sport, so you could more easily find the news that interests you and skip the stuff that doesn’t. That’s not the worst idea in the world, so I’m going to try it for a few days.
I’ve decided to break up the Ticker items into the following eight sections: MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, college football, college hoops, soccer, and “Everything Else.” If there’s no news for a given section on a given day, I simply won’t post anything for it that day.
I can see the advantages of this approach, but I can also see some downsides. For example, today I had an item that was both basketball- and hockey-related — which category should I put it in? I ultimately chose hockey, but that means basketball fans who skip past the hockey section might not see the item. (I suppose I could have put it in both sections, but that seemed like overkill.)
Also, let’s say you don’t care about soccer. That’s fine, but sometimes there’ll be a soccer-related item that teaches a larger uni-related point, or is just interesting and worthwhile, even if you’re not a soccer fan. In the past, I’d be able to describe this in the Ticker in a way that, ideally, might tempt you to click on the link even if you’re not into soccer. But now you’ll just skip past the entire soccer section without looking. In general, this new format means you’re less likely to learn anything outside of your pre-established comfort zone, which troubles me a bit.
So, like everything else, this format has its pluses and minuses. Let me know whatcha think.
MLB News: John Buck, who was traded yesterday from the Mets to the Pirates, is the only MLB catcher who’s allowed to paint his hockey-style mask with a customized design, so I’m curious to see if he comes up with a Bucs-themed design now that he’s with Pittsburgh. … Dodger Stadium has had the National League logo on its American League scoreboard for weeks now (from Matthew Hiett). … Interesting note from Sam Dolson, who writes: “I was listening to a recording of the radio broadcast from the inaugural Mets game, which was played at the first Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The game had been postponed a day by rain, and Mets broadcaster Bob Murphy mentioned that the outfield still was very soggy. He later said the Cardinals outfield of Minnie Minoso, Curt Flood, and Stan Musial would wear ‘the low-cut, lightweight football shoes, just like the halfbacks wear’ [in order to deal with the soggy conditions] and then suggested they would change [to baseball shoes] in the dugout when it was time for them to hit. I’d never heard this before, and thought it was kind of cool.”
NFL News: “I toured the Cowboys’ stadium last weekend, and I asked the tour guide about their mismatched blues and about the greenish-silver pants,” says John Sheehan. “He couldn’t give me an answer on the blues, but he did tell me the silver-green pants were specifically chosen because they would appear the right shade of silver on analog television, and they’ve just stuck with them for tradition’s sake.” … Bengals, Browns, what’s the difference? (From Chris Flinn.) … At the 27:36 mark of this podcast, Seahawks DT Tony McDaniel, who recently signed with the team as a free agent, says he chose Seattle in part because they have the best uniforms in the league. “He says he likes the home jerseys the best,” says Kyle Hanks. … Packers equipment manager Red Batty recently gave a presentation to a local Wisconsin high school football team (from Pat Bouche). … Peter Dubois bought Madden 25 yesterday and promptly noticed a uniform error: “They altered the Chief’s white pants by switching to a striping pattern similar to the red pants.”
College Football News: Yesterday’s ESPN column mentioned that Texas would be using TV numbers on their helmets for the season opener and maybe for the whole season, but I didn’t have a photo. Now I do. … Yesterday’s ESPN column also mentioned that this is the farewell season for Baylor’s Floyd Casey Stadium. What I didn’t mention is that they have a “farewell season” logo (from Matthiew Mitchell). … Good article about UGA’s uniforms, with an accompanying slideshow of the team’s uni history (from Dave Wilson). … New uniforms for Monmouth. … Here’s one writer’s assessment of the pros and cons of East Carolina getting new uniforms (from Michael Macunas). … If you read yesterday’s ESPN column early-ish in the afternoon, you may have missed an item we added on the fly, about Texas A&M adding a memorial decal for Polo Manukainiu, who died in that car crash last month. … Also, here’s a much better photo of Wisconsin’s “Otis” memorial decal than the one we originally ran in yesterday’s column. … Note from Billy Sou regarding Purdue’s helmets: “Coach Darrell Hazell will add helmet stickers, something that was there under the era of Joe Tiller. What they’ll look like (Purdue sledgehammer or train) we’re not sure.”
NHL News: The USA’s hockey jerseys for the Olympics were just unveiled, and boy are they awful. I hate the tone-on-tone stars, hate the faux lace-up collar, hate the lack of hemline striping. Pfeh. … Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg wore a Canadiens jersey for the encore of the band’s recent reunion show in Toronto, earning some boos from the crowd (from Steve Mandich). … This is pretty fascinating: In 1972, the New England Whalers and Boston Celtics shared a ticket office. “Odd to see such an iconic NBA logo sharing space with a much more obscure hockey logo,” says HHH. “Even odder is the fact that the Whalers logo is the one on the door! The Celtics won the NBA championship almost every single year in the ’60s and they get brushed aside by the new hockey kid in town? Strange!”
Soccer News: New kits for the Melbourne Victory. “I’m a fan of the blue away strips, although they’re kinda similar to the kits worn by Sydney FC,” says Jack Thornton. … Gorgeous new kit for the U. of San Francisco (from Mark Chiarucci). … Scarf design contest for the Seattle Sounders (from Cedric Padilla).
Everything Else: New rugby kits for the London Wasps (from Josh Jacobs). … Harrisburg Area Community College in Pennsylvania is inviting the public to vote on the school’s 50th-anniversay logo (from Harry Michelson). … Hofstra is naming its communications school after the guy who invented the Pantone color-matching system (from Gene Frey). … Just what the world’s been waiting for: a corporate-sponsored emergency room (from Hugh McBride). … The National Mascot Hall of Fame is looking for a new home and may find one in Indiana (from Steve Johnston).